Have you ever noticed that your skin concerns seem to worsen when you travel?
From excess greasiness and acne to dehydration, dullness, and puffiness, traveling can often cause the skin to go haywire. It’s easy to understand why this is – not only does the artificial air on a plane (or a train or a bus!) result in a huge drop in humidity, but stress, jet lag, and exposure to more bacteria will all also impact how your skin functions.
Chances are that you don’t want to be spending hours worrying about your skin on the next trip that you take, which is where Venofye can help. Read on as we share some top travel skincare tips that’ll enable you to jet-set around the world without a breakout to be seen.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated
If you want to prevent the appearance of breakouts, it’s so important to keep your skin hydrated. Why? Because skin that’s lacking moisture tries to overcompensate by ramping up sebum production. This then leaves the skin even oilier, increasing your chances of experiencing breakouts.
Unfortunately, keeping your skin hydrated on a plane isn’t easy. The optimum humidity level for the skin lies between 30-60%, with the higher end of the scale being the most beneficial. However, one study found that the humidity level on a plane can drop down to 10%. When the skin enters such a dry environment, its moisture evaporates into the air at a much faster rate, leaving skin cells parched and triggering excess sebum production.
You can counter this in two ways. Firstly, increase the amount of water that you drink, ideally starting this a few weeks before you travel. Research shows that drinking two extra liters of water a day for a month can give skin hydration a significant boost.
Topical skincare products can also be a great way to keep your skin hydrated. Look for products that contain multiple humectants. These are ingredients that boast moisture-binding properties, making them great for hydrating and plumping up the complexion.
You’ll find a fantastic combination of humectants in the Venofye Beehive Silk Cream. With sodium hyaluronate, algae extract, soluble collagen, and glycerin, this moisturizer will not only give your skin an instant boost of hydration but it will also prevent the feeling of dehydration from arising for a few hours after. It’s the perfect travel companion!
Try a Mid-Flight Mask
A good moisturizer will go a long way in keeping your skin hydrated while you’re on board. However, skin that’s already prone to breakouts would benefit from some extra attention, and a hydrating face mask is the perfect way to provide that.
As an added bonus, an inflight face mask will also feel therapeutically soothing. It will help to relax you after all of the unavoidable stress that often accompanies travel. Since stress can stimulate the skin into increasing oil production, which then leads to breakouts, keeping your stress levels as low as possible will do your skin the world of good.
Of course, some masks can be a little messy to use. Clay masks are fantastic for acne-prone skin but you don’t want to have to worry about rinsing all of that clay away in a tiny airplane sink. Instead, go for a sheet mask. Not only will this be so much easier to pack but its mess-free nature makes it perfectly suited to use while on a plane.
The Venofye Blossom Bee Wrinkle Smoothing Face & Eye Mask is ideal for this. This hydrogel mask is packed with super-hydrating ingredients. Hyaluronic acid and cucumber fruit extract will plump up your complexion while the other botanicals in this formula, combined with vitamins A and E, will ensure that your skin feels balanced and healthy. Once you’re done masking, you can simply dispose of the sheet, massaging any excess product into your skin.
Be Consistent With Your Regular Skincare Routine
Your skin has to deal with so many changes when you travel, all of which can play havoc with your complexion. To keep your skin looking and feeling its very best, one of our top skincare tips would be to try to maintain some consistency when it comes to your skincare routine.
We know, this can be hard to do while you’re on the go. Chances are that your skincare routine consists of multiple potions and lotions that would be a nightmare to have to pack. However, a little advanced planning, along with our skincare tips, can help with this…
Start by looking for travel-sized versions of your regular go-to skincare products. You don’t need to purchase a replica of everything – just stick to the essentials. A cleanser, a serum, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen are most important, so give your skin what it’s already used to.
Can’t find travel-sized versions of your skincare? Another option would be to decant your products into smaller, plane-friendly containers. However, be careful when doing this with antioxidant-rich serums. Some ingredients need to be stored in a specific way in order to preserve their potency. This is why many serums are sold in opaque bottles that prevent both light and air from accessing the product within. You can still take them with you, but be sure to use an appropriate container.
Slather on the Sunscreen Before You Board
Hopefully, you’re already diligent about wearing sunscreen when you’re spending time outdoors. After all, with the sun responsible for up to 80% of the visible signs of skin aging, sunscreen should be your best friend. Let’s not forget that UV rays can also cause an increase in sebum production, which you definitely want to avoid.
Why does all of this matter if you’re on a plane?
Because being on a plane puts you in even closer proximity to those harmful UV rays. This is why pilots and flight attendants are twice as prone to developing skin cancer than the rest of the population. While you probably don’t travel quite as regularly, even a small amount of exposure at such an altitude can still lead to significant amounts of damage.
This brings us to the next of our skincare tips; before you board, make sure that you’ve covered any exposed areas of your skin with sunscreen, going with a minimum SPF of 30. You’ll need to reapply it every two to three hours, so keep it within easy reach on the plane if you have a long flight ahead of you.
Squeeze in a Few Power Naps
Whether you’re booked in for a long overnight flight or your journey is only going to take a few hours, sleeping is not only a good way to pass the time, but a power nap can also work wonders for your skin. This isn’t something that you’ll often read about when scrolling through skincare tips, but it’s worth keeping in mind…
Experts believe that even a short, 20-minute nap is enough to help with everything from cell regeneration to circulation. And the healthier your skin feels, the less likely it is to erupt in angry pimples.
To further enhance the beauty benefits of your nap, apply an antioxidant-rich serum to your skin before you start snoozing. The Venofye Blossom Bee Vitamin C Serum would be a great choice – it’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidant-laden botanicals, plus some bee venom to really rejuvenate your complexion.
As an added bonus, the antioxidants in this serum will also help to keep your skin feeling better protected against all of the environmental damage that traveling throws at it. This will keep the appearance of inflammation, and therefore acne, at bay.
Don’t Wear Too Much Makeup
The more makeup you wear, the greater your chances of developing clogged pores, and, therefore, breakouts too, and that’s just on a regular day. When you’re traveling, your skin comes into contact with so many more environmental impurities, all of which will be making a beeline for your pores as soon as they settle onto your skin.
To keep those breakouts at bay, consider going makeup-free while you travel. Another option would be to pop into the restroom before you board and remove your makeup.
If a makeup-free flight isn’t an option, stick to lightweight, non-comedogenic formulas. Avoid any makeup products that contain heavy oils and waxes or irritating preservatives. These will only increase your skin’s chances of reacting during what’s already a stressful time for it.
Anticipate Your Skin’s Reaction to Your Destination
Hopefully, with these skincare tips, you’ll be able to make it through your flight breakout-free. However, that might not be the end of your skin problems…
Chances are that there are a few differences between the location that you’re heading to and the location that you’re leaving from. Whether this may be the weather, humidity, pollution levels, or even the amount of time you’ll be spending indoors or outdoors…your skin has a lot to do deal with post-flight.
The best way to prevent it from responding with breakouts is to anticipate how your destination is going to affect your skin. For example, if you’re heading to an area that will subject your skin to lots of dust and dirt, make sure that you pack a good cleanser. The Venofye Blossom Bee Clarifying Cream Cleanser is always a reliable formula to turn to when traveling because of its moisturizing nature.
On the other hand, if you’re going to a destination with hard water, you’ll need to bring your exfoliant along. Hard water’s high mineral content is known for thickening sebum. It develops a waxier consistency, which means that pores end up clogged very quickly. Exfoliation can help to keep the appearance of breakouts at bay by removing any blockages from your pores.
However, since hard water can also dry out and dehydrate the skin, use a gentle exfoliant, like the Venofye Blossom Bee Facial Peeling. Infused with bee venom, this peel will leave your skin looking beautifully clear and radiant.
Traveling can be a very tumultuous time for the skin. With so many different environmental changes to deal with, it’s hardly surprising that the skin often reacts in a less-than-ideal way. However, follow our skincare tips as best as you can and you’ll be able to ensure that your appearance remains smooth, clear, and healthy, both during your flight as well as while you’re enjoying your destination!